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Samsung Focus for AT&T review - Windows Phone 7 and great hardware

Review by Michael Oryl on Wednesday October 20, 2010.

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Hardware hardware: 5 of 5 score

The Samsung Focus is an elegantly styled slab-type touchscreen smartphone. It looks very much like any of the company's Galaxy S Android smartphones, largely because it sports the same 4-inch Super AMOLED(INFO) touchscreen display, but the touch sensitive Windows button below the display makes sure you know this is a Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

The thin nature of Samsung's 480 x 800 pixel touchscreen display enables the company to make the Focus itself quite narrow. The phone measures 125 x 65 x 10mm (4.9 x 2.6 x .4in) in size, which works perfectly for me personally, but might be a tad large for people with smaller hands. The phone's 120.8g (4.6oz) weight is right on the mark, though.

All Windows Phone 7 smartphones have the same button configuration. Dedicated back, Windows, and Search buttons up front, a power/standby button, a volume control, and a camera shutter button. They all work quite well on the Focus, and those on the edge of the phone blend in nicely with a stylish metal strip that covers the top edge and most of the left and right edges of the phone.

The Focus also features a very Galaxy-S like micro-USB charging/data port with a sliding cover and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. The 5 megapixel camera and flash are located on the back of the phone, which features a pin-stripe look to it. Underneath that rear cover, one will find the SIM and microSD memory card slots, above the battery.

Note that microSD cards are not hot-swappable, and must be inserted when the phone is initially configured (or after a master reset) to be used. Removing it will incapacitate the phone, so make sure you know what you want up front. The Samsung Focus comes with 8GB of internal storage.

The build quality on the Focus is amazing. It is a very solid and rich-feeling device. That it is good looking and features the best looking display on the market, in my opinion, certainly doesn't hurt.

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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